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Hug Timeby Patrick Mcdonnell
From Patrick McDonnell, creator of the comic strip Mutts, comes a heart-warming tale that is perfect for Valentine's Day. A kitten is so filled with love that he sets off to give the whole world a hug. He manages to hug about 45 different species, including one baobab tree, but discovers that the whole world is too big to hug. When he returns home, however, he finds someone with open arms greeting him at the door. Love, love, love this book.
Synopses & Reviews
Bat and Rat are two best friends living in the big city. Together these nocturnal pals enjoy their favorite things, like riding the subway, dumpster diving in Chinatown, writing songs, and playing in a band. One hot summer night, while tasting their favorite flavors of ice cream, like mosquito ripple, they find the inspiration for the perfect new tuneandmdash;for they realize their favorite favorite is each other.
Written in a gentle, sweet style reminiscent of Arnold Lobel and Patrick McDonnell and with charming illustrations, Bat and Rat captures the tenderness of classic picture books with a hip, modern twist.
Praise for Bat and Rat
andldquo;Cordellandrsquo;s starry cityscapes combine with Jenningsandrsquo; gentle text for an agreeable read-aloudandmdash;with a cherry on top.andrdquo;
andquot;The clever artwork perfectly complements Jennings's sharp, funny wordplay. Children will delight in this charming story.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal
andquot;Cordellandrsquo;s images of jazzy patrons at the Twelve Oandrsquo;Clock Room add interest, while his consistent use of spotlights, streetlights, circular images, and stage lights accentuate and complement Jenningsandrsquo; focused attention on a unique and caring relationship.andquot;
andmdash;Library Media Connection
"McDonnell (Just Like Heaven), creator of the comic strip Mutts, has a fan base that will greet this book with open arms. The strip's hero, the cat Jules, sets out to hug one of every sort of animal in the world. This large goal is made less overwhelming by the book's diminutive trim size and the conviction on Jules's tiny, wide-eyed face (famous for his big red honker). McDonnell's previous books had sparer palettes; this one combines warm, cream pages with pastel ink-and-watercolor vignettes to pleasing effect. Double-page spreads of snowy Arctic expanses under a moonlit turquoise sky provide a tense moment ('But at the North Pole, Jules sadly found/ What it would be like with no one around'). The artist quickly dispels the audience's concern, because as Jules starts to sniff, a polar bear offers him a hug. Meter and rhyme wobble a bit ('There once was a kitten so filled with love,/ He wanted to give the whole world a hug'), but the sentiment seems to come from the heart. McDonnell's carefully mixed gouaches and his able draftsmanship — the rarer the animal, the less likely he is to resort to caricature — hint at newly revealed talents. Ages 3-6." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In the grand tradition of andldquo;Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittensandrdquo; comes an uplifting tribute to 100 everyday things worth celebrating. The list, in rhyming couplets, draws directly from a preschoolandshy;erandrsquo;s worldandmdash;from slippery floors to dinosaurs, from goldfish to a birthday wish. Amy Schwartz weaves a masterful balance between art and text, with each of the 100 items portrayed as its own well-observed and warmly detailed vignette. While the contents provide readers with a frame of reference for the quantity of andldquo;100andrdquo;andmdash;a celebratory milestone in preschools and early elementary gradesandmdash;the oversized pages envelop young children in the wonderful things surrounding them.
Praise for 100 Things That Make Me Happy
andquot;A fun, engaging read.andquot;
--School Library Journal, starred review
There was once a kitten so filled with love he wanted to give the whole world a hug!Jules the kitten (also known in the MUTTS cartoons as "Shtinky Puddin'") knows that hugs can make the world a better place. So he makes a "Hug To-Do List"--with the endangered species of the world at the top--and travels the globe to show all of the animals that someone cares. From Africa to the North Pole to his own back yard, Jules proves a hug is the simplest--but kindest--gift we can give. With its gently environmental theme, this joyous story about sharing love is an ideal gift year-round.
About the Author
Patrick McDonnell is the creator of the MUTTS comic strip, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. He has illustrated for the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Reader's Digest, Time, Parents, and other journals, done CD covers for the Greatest Hits classical music series, and created a license plate for his home state of New Jersey. Hailed as "the next Charles Schulz," Patrick sits on the board of directors of the Humane Society of the United States, and has won numerous awards for both MUTTS and his animal welfare work. He is the author of THE GIFT OF NOTHING, ART, and JUST LIKE HEAVEN, and the co-author of KRAZY KAT: THE COMIC ART OF GEORGE HERRIMAN.
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